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This blog was updated on a daily basis for about two years, with those daily entries ceasing on December 31, 2013. The blog is still active, however, and we hope that people stopping in, who find something lacking, will add to the daily entries.

The blog still receives new posts as well, but now it receives them on items of Wyoming history. That has always been a feature of the blog, but Wyoming's history is rich and there are many items that are not fully covered here, if covered at all. Over time, we hope to remedy that.

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We hope you enjoy this site.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Courthouses of the West: A New Wind River Tribal Judicial Center?

Courthouses of the West: A New Wind River Tribal Judicial Center?:    The current Wind River Tribal Court. We wrote about this courthouse quite some time ago, here: Courthouses of the West: Wind Rive...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election Volume Five: On To The ...

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election Volume Five: On To The ...: Some of these signs will be coming down after the first entry on this thread on August 21, 2018. The polls will be opening in one hour...

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four: Yep, on to volume four.  Volume three reached the point where a single update took up an entire first page, so it was time to add a new vo...

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four: Yep, on to volume four.  Volume three reached the point where a single update took up an entire first page, so it was time to add a new vo...

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four: Yep, on to volume four.  Volume three reached the point where a single update took up an entire first page, so it was time to add a new vo...

Friday, August 17, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four: Yep, on to volume four.  Volume three reached the point where a single update took up an entire first page, so it was time to add a new vo...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four: Yep, on to volume four.  Volume three reached the point where a single update took up an entire first page, so it was time to add a new vo...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: Albert Nelson and D. C. Nowlin. Folks we owe. A ...

Lex Anteinternet: Albert Nelson and D. C. Nowlin. Folks we owe. A ...: Last week I put up a photograph of Harry Yount, a legendary frontiersman who is sometimes claimed to be the first Game Warden in Wyoming. ...

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four: Yep, on to volume four.  Volume three reached the point where a single update took up an entire first page, so it was time to add a new vo...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: Bells of Balangiga to depart



Bells of Balangiga to depart

Gen. Jacob Smith inspects the ruins of Balangiga a few weeks after the battle there.


The Bells of Balangiga, war trophies from the Spanish American War, are going back to the Philippines, according to a government press release.

The bells have long been a matter of contention between the United States and the Philippines.  The 9th Infantry, which took the bells, maintained that it was ambushed in the locality, where it was garrisoned, and the bells symbolized its defense of itself from a surprise treacherous attack.  The Philippines have asserted the battle represented an uprising of the indigenous population against occupation and that the conclusion of the battle featured the killing of villagers without justification.  Both versions of the event may be correct in that it was a surprise attack on a unit stationed in the town and, by that point in the war, 1901, it had begun to take on a gruesome character at times.

Whatever the case may be, the bells, from three Catholic Churches, have long been sought to be returned.  Two of the bells are at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, which which the 9th Infantry had later been stationed at when it was Ft. D. A. Russell, and a third has been kept in Alaska.  It would appear that they're now going to go back to the churches from which they came in the Philippines, almost certainly accompanied by at least some vocal protestations from Wyoming's representation in Congress, I suspect.  As the current Wyoming connection with the 9th Infantry, let alone the Philippine Insurrection, is pretty think, it's unlikely that the average Wyomingite, however, will care much.  Indeed, while it caused its own controversy, a former head of a veteran's position in the state came out for returning the bells the last time this controversy rolled around a few years ago.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four: Yep, on to volume four.  Volume three reached the point where a single update took up an entire first page, so it was time to add a new vo...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Updates for July, 2018



July 6, 1918.  Newspapers added (one for July 7).

July 7, 1918.  Newspaper noted above.

July 10, 2018.  The Lion's last roar (see item immediately below, which was also added to this date).

July 11, 1918.  Casper newspaper added.

July 13, 1918.  Cheyenne newspaper added.

July 15, 1863.  Item updated to include illustration.

July 15, 1918.  Newspapers added.

July 18, 1918.  Newspapers added.

July 19, 1918.  Newspaper added.

July 25, 1918.  Newspapers added and letter regarding sugar conservation measures added.

July 28, 2018.  Tornadoes and National Cowboy Day for 2018.

July 29, 1918.  Laramie newspaper added.

July 29, 1968.  Papal Encyclical added.

July 30, 1918.  Laramie newspaper added.

July 31, 1918.  Casper newspaper added.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: The End Of A Fully Local Paper

Lex Anteinternet: The End Of A Fully Local Paper: The classic view of the newspaper press. . . now really a thing of the past.  The inky, largely all male, domain of the those who put th...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: Lex Anteinternet: The summer that wasn't.

Lex Anteinternet: Lex Anteinternet: The summer that wasn't.: Uff, and heavy duty rain storms two days in a row: Lex Anteinternet: The summer that wasn't. : Great, two days of mild heat (seriously...

Friday, July 13, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four

Lex Anteinternet: The 2018 Wyoming Election. Volume Four: Yep, on to volume four.  Volume three reached the point where a single update took up an entire first page, so it was time to add a new vo...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lex Anteinternet: The Lions' Last Roar. The ongoing decline of servi...

Lex Anteinternet: The Lions' Last Roar. The ongoing decline of servi...: I read in the paper earlier this week that the Lions Club is giving up sponsoring the local fair and rodeo parade, which its done for a deca...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Some Gave All: Wyoming Capitol Rotunda Statutes: The Casper Star...

Some Gave All: Wyoming Capitol Rotunda Statutes: The Casper Star Tribune reports that. . .

allegorical monuments will be going in, in Cheyenne.

The Capitol prior to reconstruction commencing.


They will not, however, be topless.  Not even partially.

The statutes, representing hope, courage, justice and truth, will be created by Delissalde Designs of Denver, after a competition on the same. They will all be female figures.

The announcement that they won was made last week.  Reports have it that they female Truth shall have a peace pipe, female Courage will have a snake wrapped around her leg, female Justice will have copies of the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions.  I don't know what Hope will have.

Other than clothes.  There was apparently some concern that the figures were a little scantily dressed.  Senator Eli Bebout, for example, made a specific inquiry about this.

This is oddly reminiscent, FWIW, in regards to the selection of the State seal over a century ago. A legislative committee worked on that only to have a sitting Governor substitute a competing design that had a central female figure appear on the seal he liked better who was topless.  Not that this was uncommon at the time.  Nearly every allegorical character used in art has been female and, probably as they were created by male artists looking, at least subconsciously for an excuse, they were very frequently topless.  Even a century ago, however, that made some uneasy, including male legislators, and the original Wyoming seal that was chosen featured a fully clothed figure, only to have a Governor sub it out. When that was discovered, that was pulled, and treasury notes issued commemorating Wyoming for a time had a figure that had been chosen by the U.S. Mints (yes, that is plural and it was referred to that way at the time) rather than something we'd chosen ourselves.  We subsequently got around to the current design.

It's odd to think that we'd repeat that event over a century later, but perhaps its even odder, in the context of the times, to consider that allegorical figures remain principally women and that the artists submitting designs would, by default, figure that allegorical female figures might bear a closer resemblance, both in form and degree of clothing, to Kate Upton than Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but some things simply don't change much, it would seem.

Well, Hope, Justice, Courage and Truth will be on the cupola of the new Capitol rotunda, gazing down at the public.  The public, gazing back up, will have no excuse for exercising prurient interests.